Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Radiohead - How Can You Be Sure?



This is one of Colin's favourites, he really wanted it to be included on The Bends, but he didn't get his way. When this track was first heard on radio, in 1993, Thom noted that the title was only tentatively "How Can You Be Sure?" and that he hoped to change it. This never happened, though on the first Japanese issue of The Bends, which includes two bonus tracks, the song was called "When I'm Like This."

The background singer heard is Dianne Swann, of the band The Julie Dolphine. Originally, it was thought that it was Ed's voice doing the background vocals, re-sampled, and that "Dianne Swan" was actually a joke, meaning "Dying Swan.". Ed also does the backing vocals, but Dianne Swan is harmonizing with Thom during the 2nd verse. This song also appeared on the soundtrack for Japanese film 'Nowhere'

So there you have it a few fun little facts about a great B-Side song that is often overlooked.

How Can You Be Sure? - Lyrics
Seen all good things and bad
Running down the hill
All so battered and brought to the ground

I am hungry again, I am drunk again
With all the money I owe to my friends

When I'm like this
How can you be smiling saying
How can you be sure?
How can you be sure?

If you walk out the door
Will I see you again?
If so much of me lies in your eyes

I am hungry again, and I am drunk again
With all the money I owe to my friends

And when I'm like this
How can you be smiling, singing
(I don't want you, I don't want you) How can you be sure?
(I don't want you, I don't want you) How can you be sure?
(I don't want you, I don't want you) How can you be sure?
(I don't want you, I don't want you) How can you be sure?

I don't want you, I don't want you anymore
I don't want you, I don't want you anymore

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